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as·tro·cyte

 (ăs′trə-sīt′)
n.
Any of a group of star-shaped cells that have long processes extending out in all directions and are components of the neuroglia, providing support for neurons in the central nervous system and playing a variety of roles in synaptic transmission.

as′tro·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.

astrocyte

(ˈæstrəʊˌsaɪt)
n
(Biology) any of the star-shaped cells in the tissue supporting the brain and spinal cord (neuroglia)

as•tro•cyte

(ˈæs trəˌsaɪt)

n.
a star-shaped neuroglial cell of ectodermal origin.
[1895–1900]
as`tro•cyt′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.

astrocyte

A star-shaped type of cell that supports neurons in the brain and spinal cord. See neuroglia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.astrocyte - comparatively large neuroglial cell
glial cell, neurogliacyte, neuroglial cell - a cell of the neuroglia
astroglia, macroglia - tissue consisting of large stellate neuroglial cells
fibrous astrocyte - star-shaped cells with long processes; found in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord
protoplasmic astrocyte - a kind of astrocyte found in the grey matter
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While mouse models have traditionally been used in studying the genetic disorder, Deng said the animal model is inadequate because the human brain is more complicated, and much of that complexity arises from astroglia cells, the star-shaped cells that play an important role in the physical structure of the brain as well as in the transmission of nerve impulses.
Additionally, astroglia cells were cultured in the presence of the extract and cell proliferation and viability were investigated.